Diagnosis-Related Groups in Europe: towards Efficiency and Quality

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 223300
EC contribution
: € 2,809,732.00
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/01/2009
: diagnosis-related groups, patient classification, cost analyses, length of stay analyses, DRG, hospital cost accounting, hospital quality, hospital efficiency, hospital performance, hospital payment.
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Despite the fact that diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) have been adopted in an increasingly large number of countries around the world, knowledge about the effects of DRG systems and DRG-based hospital payment systems, as well as about optimal design features of these systems, remains surprisingly limited.

International experiences with DRG systems and DRG-based hospital payment systems can inform countries when developing and optimizing their national systems. In addition, in a context of growing patient mobility facilitated by the European Union (EU) Directive on the Application of Patients’ Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare, an increasingly important issue relates to whether there is scope for harmonization of DRG systems within Europe.

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